Definition of rain check in English:

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rain check

(also raincheck)


North American
1A ticket given for later use when a sports event or other outdoor event is interrupted or postponed by rain.
Example sentences
  • The course even gave each player a free rain check at the same cost as they had already paid for the non-day's golf.
  • This is also when Kevin cashes in all the rain checks to play some golf at the lower elevations.
1.1A coupon issued to a customer by a store, guaranteeing that a sale item that is out of stock may be purchased by that customer at a later date at the same reduced price.


take a rain check

North American Said when politely refusing an offer, with the implication that one may accept it at a later date: I can’t make it tonight, but I’d like to take a rain check
More example sentences
  • Now now I didn't turn you down I just took a rain check.
  • She took a rain check on the invitation to lunch with her colleagues and sought Mel out instead.
  • I think I'll take a rain check on that one, Winters.
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